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The world could run out of coffee by 2080

It's not good news, caffeine lovers.


Bad news for anyone dependent on their daily dose of coffee, as a new report from the Climate Institute reveals we could be all out of the stuff by 2080.

Scientists warn that if global warming continues on its current trajectory, the amount of sustainable coffee farmland will be halved by 2050.

Add in rising temperatures, fungi and pests like the Coffee berry Borer, and we’re looking at coffee being wiped from the planet by the year 2080.

But aside from millions of caffeine lovers despairing over the report, it’s also bad news for approximately 120 million people around the globe – who depend on coffee for their livelihoods.

With many coffee producing areas being in some of the world’s poorest nations, it’s a bleak outlook for many.

And consumers in the west are also looking at hiked prices for their daily cuppa, as quantity decreases and demand soars.

“Looking ahead, it is hard to see how consumer prices cannot be anything but badly affected by the projected long-term decline in growing area and other impacts of a more hostile climate,” the report reads.

“More and more extreme weather events in major coffee-producing regions seem set to create supply shortages, and hotter conditions will impair flavour and aroma.

“Even instant coffee is likely to be hit hard in a world of 3°C or more.”

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